Luke is also pretty good at focusing on a task, he tried to put the tape dispenser back together for a good 10 minutes the other night. I got a good video:
Working on Geography:
Preston: I know where the biggest worms are in the WHOLE Africa.
Me: Oh yeah, where is that?
Preston: It's at DYKEN Pond.
Over the weekend we celebrated John's birthday with a night out at Hibachi and a homemade cheesecake. I owe him a date to the Melting Pot because the night we wanted to go was totally booked up. That never happens... expect on move-in day at Lehigh U.
Preston went with Grandpa to see the the Nickle Plate Berkshire come through the Lehigh Valley. I have to admit that I am a bit more interested in steam engines now than when I was 4. My 4 year old knows WAY more about the machines than I do, so I decided that I need to at least try to keep up. I knew that he was going to do something train related this weekend, but I didn't really know what. On Thursday night he said "Mommy! Only 2 more nights until Grandpa takes me to see the Nickle Plate Berkshire!" He knows better than I do. I'm also having a lot of early childhood flashbacks. I've heard of the Nickle Plate Berkshire before, and the Big Boy, and a few others, but they were merely fleeting words to a the 4 year old version of me. I remember thinking that I should be REALLY impressed by these things, but I wasn't. Not even a little bit. So now that I know that my 4 year old thinks they are impressive I'm able to appreciate them a little more.
Yesterday I asked him if the Nickle Plate Berkshire was his favorite steam engine. He said it was big, but not as big at the T1 OR the Big Boy, and that the Blue Steam Engine was one of his favorites.
The other neat thing is that on Sunday morning, as we were loading up the car to take a family trip to the Zoo, we HEARD the deep whistle of the NPB from our front porch.
The trip to the Zoo was fun. It was a little impromptu adventure. We packed a lunch and headed over there. We discovered that you can complete the zoo in about an hour, and that's with a pretty long stop in the play-ground. But we decided to try to stretch the time by sticking around for some animal feedings and eating lunch at one of the numerous picnic tables. By 1:00 - 3 hours in - Luke fell asleep in the stroller, Preston was getting whiney, and we decided to call it a day. Luke luckily did his magic sleeping thing and transferred pretty well into an afternoon nap in his crib, and Preston played quietly. A success!